Just a couple of days prior to voyaging got incomprehensible, we saw the new Longines Spirit collection. Under ban, obviously. So we are glad that it’s now at last an ideal opportunity to show you the photos we took during that appointment.
To me, it appears to be that Longines is taking another bearing with the Spirit collection. Despite the fact that we’ve seen — and still see — some legacy motivated watches from Saint-Imier, this Longines Spirit collection is extraordinary. It combines legacy and present day watchmaking, with an appealing cost tag.
Longines Spirit Collection
Every new watch needs a story. For this collection, Longines has plunged into its chronicles and come up with stories of in excess of 20 pioneers just as some exceptional occasions in which Longines assumed a significant part. Among these pioneers we discover Amelia Earhart, for instance. The pioneer who flew solo constant across the Atlantic, in 14 hours and 56 minutes. Earhart had a chronograph from 1913. It was a 35mm wide Longines fueled by type 13.33Z. She was gifting her Longines to Gordon Selfridge junior (proprietor of the popular London office store), in return for a gold Omega Selfridge was offering to Amelia Earhart. Yet, Amelia was giving her Longines to Selfridge just under the condition that she can have the watch back at whatever point she wanted
Defined by spearheading spirit
It’s stories like the over that have been gathered by Longines. The brand has grouped them in a book named, Longines, characterized by spearheading spirit that will be accessible soon. It contains the tales of Amelia Earhart and a lot more pioneers, utilizing a Longines watch or board instrument, similar to the case for pilots Maurice Bellonte and Dieudonné Costes. They utilized a Longines cockpit clock demonstrating sidereal time when they flew from Paris to New York in 1930.
But it isn’t about pioneers before WWII. Downhill skier Steve McKinney’s record of 200km/h was timed with Longines hardware, too. Or on the other hand shouldn’t something be said about Albert Einstein? He was another celebrated Longines wearer. Furthermore, let’s not fail to remember the brand’s timekeeping obligations with regards to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Formula 1 competitions. These accounts and occasions, and the delightful manner by which they’ve been caught in this new book, make it an absolute necessity have for each watch enthusiast.
Longines Spirit three-hander
There are various references accessible in this new collection. There are both three-handers and chronographs on offer. Let’s examine the three-handers first. They are accessible in 40mm and 42mm. The two sizes come with a similar development, type L888.4. This ETA-based development is outfitted with a silicon balance spring and chronometer affirmation. The force hold is a sound 64 hours. Accessible with three distinct dials, clients can pick between matt dark, grained silver, and Sunday blue.
Longines Spirit Chronograph
The chronograph is just accessible in 42mm, yet with similar three dial varieties as the three-hander. Inside this watch ticks type L688.4, an ETA-based chronograph development. It has a section wheel chronograph component and a force hold of 60 hours. Obviously, it additionally comes with chronometer affirmation and a silicon balance spring.
You likely saw the applied five stars on the dial of the Longines Spirit watches. Throughout the entire existence of Longines, the five stars show the excellent and dependability of its developments. In spite of the fact that Longines doesn’t build up its own developments any longer, the L688.4 and L888.4 are solid and exact by and by. Truth be told, it separates them from the competition in their cost range.
Straps and bracelets
The Longines Spirit watches are accessible with a cowhide lash, hardened steel wristband, and a calfskin NATO. The arm band has a collapsing catch with a delivery catch and feels exceptionally strong. Notwithstanding, I am not a fanatic of the arm bands and favor the calfskin tie. The watch looks more exquisite that way. Other than the standard alternatives, Longines likewise offers a “Prestige Edition” for the three-hander. This incorporates every one of the three band alternatives, which are effectively traded for one another.
The extra button
The Longines Spirit chronograph helps me a piece to remember the IWC Flieger Chronograph. That’s not something terrible, frankly. I can’t help thinking that this Longines with its chronometer segment wheel chronograph development is (even) a touch more value for the money than the Valjoux 7750 based IWC Pilot’s watches. One piece of the likeness with the ICW Doppelchrono comes from the catch on at 10 o’clock. On account of the Longines Spirit Chronograph, it isn’t for the part work yet to propel the date. It is a screw-down catch, to guarantee water resistance.
Prices and Availability
And this carries me to the valuing of the Longines Spirit collection. With regards to the Longines Spirit Chronograph, I can be brief. The retail cost is €2,950 (in The Netherlands), notwithstanding in the event that you decide for a tie or tempered steel wristband. The three-hander rendition has a few costs, because of the various sizes and the “Prestige Edition”. The 40mm three-hander is €2,040 and the 42mm adaptation is €2,140. The “Prestige Edition” will add €610 to those prices.
One favorable position of the “Prestige Edition” is that the ties remembered for it, highlight Longines’s “interchangeable system” for simple moving between groups. My #1 variant is the chronograph with grained silver dial, on a calfskin tie. I mentioned one for an active audit and will update you as often as possible when it arrives! Regarding its accessibility, we anticipate that this watch should hit the business sectors in September at the most recent. More data by means of Longines .